Key Sectors

Thunder Bay's Growing Sectors

This is an exciting time in Thunder Bay as historically strong sectors in resource industries and manufacturing successfully blend with new, evolving and innovative businesses in knowledge, education and healthcare.

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Knowledge Based Sectors

Thunder Bay's knowledge sector continues to diversify and grow.

Mining, Manufacturing and Forestry

Thunder Bay's traditional sector businesses are leading the way through innovation and sustainable practices while continuing to show strength and growth.


Easily accessible by land, air, sea and rail, Thunder Bay is not only a central hub but an ideal location for any business.


Thunder Bay attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors annually. Visitors enjoy the wide variety of recreation and leisure opportunities, sports and conventions. Thunder Bay is also the gateway for travel into remote Northern Ontario wilderness.


The agricultural industry has been identified as a key and emerging sector in the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by the Province of Ontario.

CEDC Sector Representative Contact Information
Sector Representative Job Title Phone Number Email Address
Knowledge Based  & Film Piero Pucci Development Officer 807-625-3965
Manufacturing and Forestry Richard Pohler Senior Development Officer 807-625-3967
Mining John Mason Project Manager, Mining Services 807-625-2480
Transportation Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC)   805-625-3960

Community Profile

Thunder Bay Economic Data – This interactive website includes data on demographics, labour force, tax, quality of life, housing transportation, education, companies and utilities.

Thunder Bay Community Profile for Investors – This PDF provides demographic and economic information about doing business here.

* Sources: Statistics Canada; Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) /

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Thunder Bay is demonstrating the capacity to build and sustain a knowledge-based economy that provides a diversity of good jobs and academic opportunities for our citizens.


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